Staff photo by Tim Barber/ Iris Tremaine mixes a Golden Beam cocktail, patterned after a 1920s themed favorite from back in the day.

As we prepare to celebrate the arrival of 2020, it feels appropriate to give a nod to the '20s of the 21st century.

The Read House, built in 1926, is bringing the hotel's Roaring '20s theme to its holiday cocktail menu this season, providing the perfect excuse to get zozzled Gatsby style.

Bridgeman's Chophouse, the hotel's fine-dining restaurant, is serving up The Golden Beam, a variation on a Manhattan inspired by gangster Al Capone — who is said to have stayed in Room 311 of the hotel during his federal trial — and the Prohibition Era.

Served in a gold-and-black martini glass, the cocktail blends Jim Beam bourbon with fig simple syrup, chocolate bitters and Cointreau.

"It represents the wealth, the hidden traffic of alcohol during Prohibition and the sparkle of the Roaring 20s," says Leonel Zaldivar, food and beverage director at The Read House. "The drink is also delicious."


What you need:

1.5 ounces Jim Beam white bourbon

1/4 ounce Cointreau

4 dashes chocolate bitters

2 ounces fig simple syrup

Candied blood orange wheel


What you do:

1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir.

2. Pour and strain over a chilled gold martini glass.

3. Garnish with a floating candied blood orange wheel.